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Drone Warfare: Ukraine Targets Russian Infrastructure

Drone Warfare: Ukraine Targets Russian Infrastructure

Ukrainian drones have been a major surprise in the war against Russia. They have been used to strike Russian targets with precision, causing significant damage. This has helped to level the playing field between Ukrainian and Russian forces


In the ever-evolving landscape of global conflict, the role of technology, particularly unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), has emerged as a pivotal factor. Recent developments highlight a shift in strategy where Ukraine has turned to drone attacks against Russian military and industrial sites, marking a new front in the ongoing war. This page delves into the latest videos showcasing these drone strikes, providing insights into the tactics, impact, and broader implications of this strategic move. As we navigate through the complexities of modern warfare, the use of drones by Ukraine against Russian targets underscores the transformative potential of technology in shaping the future of military engagements.

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Analysis and Future Trends

The trend observed in these videos indicates a growing reliance on drone technology as a tool for asymmetric warfare. Ukraine’s success in launching effective drone attacks against well-fortified Russian targets suggests a shift towards more decentralized and technologically driven strategies. As we look ahead, it’s likely that both sides will continue to invest in drone technology, aiming to gain an upper hand in the battlefield. The coming weeks may see further advancements in drone capabilities, potentially leading to even more sophisticated attacks and countermeasures.


The drone attacks by Ukraine on Russian military and industrial sites represent a significant turning point in the current conflict, highlighting the critical role of technology in modern warfare. As we continue to monitor the situation, it becomes increasingly evident that the future of military engagements lies in the hands of those who can harness technological innovation to their advantage. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into the stories behind these drone strikes, offering a comprehensive overview of the tactics, technologies, and impacts shaping the new face of war.

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To explore these groundbreaking drone attacks in detail, please scroll down to view the highlighted videos. Each clip provides a unique perspective on Ukraine’s strategic use of drone technology against Russian targets, offering invaluable insights into the dynamics of contemporary warfare.

Drone Footage from the last 24 hours

Ukraine Drone Strikes Hit Russian Industrial Sites: A New Front in the War?

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Tue Jun 18 2024 9:35:31 UTC

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Ukraine knocks out Russian refinery depots in major drone attack deep inside Russian territory

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Thu Mar 14 2024 1:44:10 UTC

On the 12th of March 2024, Ukraine launched a significant assault on Russian targets, utilizing numerous drones and rockets to …
Show more On the 12th of March 2024, Ukraine launched a significant assault on Russian targets, utilizing numerous drones and rockets to inflict substantial damage on a major oil refinery.

Both Russia and Ukraine have employed drones to strike critical infrastructure, military installations, and troop concentrations during their prolonged conflict. Kyiv has specifically targeted Russian refineries and energy facilities in recent months. Russian forces claim to have repelled at least seven attempts by Ukrainian proxies to cross the border, a claim disputed by the Ukrainian side.

In one of the most extensive drone assaults by Ukraine on Russian territory to date, Moscow reported intercepting 25 Ukrainian drones across various regions, including Moscow, Leningrad, Belgorod, Kursk, Bryansk, Tula, and Oryol. The onslaught of drone attacks persisted throughout the day, as confirmed by the defense ministry.

Russian authorities reported attacks on energy infrastructure, including a fire at Lukoil’s NORSI refinery and the destruction of a drone near Kirishi, home to Russia’s second-largest oil refinery. Gleb Nikitin, governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, disclosed efforts to extinguish a blaze at the NORSI refinery, attributing the incident to an assault by unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to industry insiders speaking on condition of anonymity, the primary crude distillation unit (AVT-6) at NORSI suffered damage in the attack, resulting in a halt to at least half of the refinery’s production. Lukoil declined to provide comments on the matter. NORSI processes approximately 15.8 million tones of Russian crude annually, contributing significantly to the country’s refined crude output and production of gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, and aviation fuel.

The targeting of Russian oil facilities poses a challenge for President Vladimir Putin, particularly amid tensions with the West over Ukraine and as domestic gasoline prices remain a sensitive issue ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for March 15-17. To mitigate domestic concerns, Russia imposed a six-month ban on gasoline exports starting from March 1.

Despite its vast energy reserves, Russia has historically relied on Western technology to exploit and refine its crude, a dependency shared with other major oil-producing nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

The sustained onslaught of mass-scale drone attacks on Russian oil facilities poses a grave threat not only to the nation’s energy infrastructure but also to its economic stability. Should these attacks persist, they have the potential to severely disrupt Russia’s oil industry, leading to significant production losses and potentially triggering an economic collapse.

Given the critical role of oil exports in Russia’s economy and its reliance on Western technology for oil extraction and refining, continued assaults on its energy infrastructure could have far-reaching and devastating consequences.

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I am Ukrainian. My country has been invaded by Russia. In this video I will tell you what happened on the four hundred and thirtieth day of the war.

Day 430: April 29

Today the biggest news comes from Crimea. Here, Ukrainian forces targeted a massive oil depot near the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. In the aftermath of a successful attack, Ukrainians destroyed 10 oil reservoirs that together contained 40 thousand tons of fuel. The square area of the fire reached up to 1 thousand square meters, and the firefighters assigned it the highest degree of difficulty and were unable to able to stop the fire until most of the fuel burned away. It was reported that there were no casualties.

In order to conduct such a strike, Ukrainians used several swarms of drones. The attack was carried out immediately after the improvement of weather conditions as the anticyclone moved away from the western coast of the Crimean Peninsula. The drones were launched at night and departed from the Odesa region. Russian sources claim that there were at least 10 drones, 9 of which were reportedly taken down by various methods, such as Electronic Warfare systems, self-propelled air defense systems, and small arms. Russian sources also claimed that only 1 drone managed to hit the target, setting one oil tank on fire. This means the firefighters were either late or failed to stop the fire from spreading, causing a huge fire and complete destruction of all reservoirs. Interestingly, Ukrainians used cheap Chinese drones, which they manually equipped with explosives.

The fire caused another wave of migration, as thousands of people started leaving Crimea for fear of being directly or indirectly affected by the constantly increasing drone attacks and missile strikes. And this is not surprising, as you remember, several days ago, Ukrainians conducted another drone attack on Sevastopol and hit some facilities near the harbor. There are also numerous unsuccessful drone attacks, such as today’s drone attack on Yevpatoria and Hvardiyske. Even though the goal of these two strikes was to divert the attention of the air defense operators, it also destabilized the situation on the peninsula by causing social unrest.

However, this is only the beginning. Another fire broke out today on the only Russian factory that produces multiple-launch rocket systems. There were around 40 people and 10 fire trucks involved in putting out the fire. The fire started because something happened to the substation, and as a result, the factory became temporarily inoperable, which exacerbated the strain on the artillery.

Another fire today broke out in the industrial zone in Nyzhnyi Novgorod. The fire broke out near the fuel storage, and as a result, 3 petrol tankers and the nearby trucks were turned to ashes.

Today Ukrainians also conducted a HIMARS strike on a certain Russian military base. The details from the Ukrainian side are yet unavailable, but the Russian side published a video showing a demolished building. The video was filmed from the roof because the explosion threw the person on the roof carcass, and the person somehow managed to survive.

Two days ago, Ukrainians conducted another HIMARS strike, targeting the areas of concentration of Russian forces in Opytne. The losses are likely very high because this is a very convenient pre-frontal group of high-rise houses, and Ukrainians also targeted several buildings simultaneously, not allowing the enemy to evacuate after the first strike.

Four days ago, the Spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Southern Group of Forces reaffirmed that the counteroffensive operation is already undergoing and very slowly gaining momentum. She stated that they understand that they are facing a powerful enemy and therefore are not inclined to rush with large-scale actions. She said that, in turn, right now, they are focused on undermining the power of their enemy, and judging by the latest developments, Ukrainians are set to turn Russians logistics into a nightmare. Continuous efforts at the destruction of newly arrived ammunition, strikes on critical connections of ground lines of communication, disruptions of supplies, targeting of military headquarters and forcing Russians to disperse their air defense already allowed Ukrainians to set proper conditions for large-scale maneuver warfare several times. It looks like this is starting to happen once again.
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How Missiles And Drones Shape The Future Of The Military

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Missiles, drones, and mercenaries are changing global warfare. Armed drones are growing in military importance as conflicts …
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Armed drones are growing in military importance as conflicts around the world have proven the utility of these effective tools of war. Companies in China, Turkey and Russia, among others, have developed advanced remotely piloted aircraft that can use guided weapons on and off the battlefield.

The widespread use of drones in Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States to target and kill insurgents jump started a new chapter in the history of conflict. These high flying and remotely piloted aircraft could engage targets with impunity while the operators work safely in a ground control station.

“At the moment, we’ve seen over 100 states worldwide using military drones and that number is growing significantly” said Wim Zwijnenburg, project leader, Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX. “We have over 20 states that are using armed drones in conflicts or outside of armed conflicts.”

Keeping the crews out of danger also made the drones politically cheap to use over dangerous skies. Now more and more countries are gaining this military capability for their own purposes.

Meanwhile, technological advances have reached missiles. Missile sales are the number two defense export in the U.S. and production is dominated by a handful of companies such as Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

A number of start-ups with cheaper technology are challenging the long-standing status quo of expensive missiles and hypersonic glide weapons. If these start-ups succeed, they’ll change the missile economy.

In addition to drones and missiles, mercenaries are also disrupting global warfare. The private security business in the U.S. is a massive industry employing hundreds of thousands of people. These firms can range from security contracts at shopping malls, to former U.S. special forces soldiers who guard diplomats.

Private security is expected to grow to an $81 billion industry by 2023, and that’s just in the United States, according to the Freedonia Group. It goes way beyond security guards hired to protect industrial areas, commercial areas and residential areas.

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